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18 May 2020 - 31 Dec 2020
MOONCAKEY

A Lighter Side of History: Mooncake Memories with Chuan Ji Bakery

With Mid-Autumn Festival around the corner, we are presented with a wide variety of mooncakes of different flavours, textures and styles. The art of making mooncakes is a time-honoured tradition that has been preserved over the years, and in this edition of A Lighter Side of History, we take a closer look Chuan Ji Bakery, who is renowned for its signature flaky Hainanese biscuit that is known as the “Hainanese mooncake”.

Take a walk down memory lane as Chong Suan and his mother, the owners of Chuan Ji Bakery, share what motivated them to preserve the art of making this traditional Hainanese pastry and their memories of celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with their family. The mother-son duo will also demonstrate how to make this traditional Hainanese mooncake, based on a recipe that is more than 90 years old!

Image courtesy of Chuan Ji Bakery

 

LSOH: Shining a light on deepavali and ayurveda

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A Lighter Side of History: Shining A Light on Deepavali and Ayurveda
Video will premiere on 7 November below and on the NMS YouTube channel

Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a major cultural festival in Singapore that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness. During this festive season, families decorate their homes with brilliant lights as aromatic spices fill the house and tantalise taste buds.

The inclusion of spices in iconic Deepavali (and other) dishes is a practice associated with Ayurveda, a form of Indian medicine which has roots in ancient Sanskrit sources. Interestingly, Ayurveda shares some common ground with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

In this special programme that is presented as part of the museum’s Ethnic Festival Celebrations for Deepavali, explore the similarities and differences between Ayurveda and TCM’s understanding of herbs and spices, with Vasanthi from the Ayurveda Association of Singapore and Mei Yi from Thye Shan Medical Hall.

This programme will also feature paintings of everyday herbs and spices from the museum’s prized William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

Encounters with History

Encounters with History
8 & 9 August

Join our docents and volunteers from Migrant x Me in this special presentation as they share insights and stories on a selection of artefacts.

Migrant Workers Special (Bengali)

Migrant Workers Special (Hindi)

Migrant Workers Special (Mandarin)

General Public Tour (English)

General Public Tour (Mandarin)

Kueh Rose

Catch these programmes that will be launched 7 to 9 August!

Lighter Side of History: Tasting the Trade Winds with Christopher Tan
7 August

Which of your favourite dishes feature ingredients and flavours that have been adapted from different cultures? How were spices, particularly the ones featured in our William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings, incorporated into our local cuisines?

Join award-winning chef and cookbook author Christopher Tan to learn more about the spices and ingredients upon which trading empires were built. These have also become irreplaceable ingredients in many of the fusion foods we enjoy today.

The kueh rose is one such fusion dish eaten during different festivals. Watch this video to learn how to make the lesser-known savoury-spicy kueh rose!

Keen to try some of Christopher’s handmade kueh rose? All you have to do is to submit the correct answers to the quiz at the end of the video. The first 20 viewers with the correct answers will get to taste this dish from the comforts of their homes!*

*Item contains no pork or lard and will be made fresh on delivery day. Limited to one kueh set per mailing address. Details of delivery will be provided closer to the date. Terms and conditions apply.

Chef Bob

Celebrating Hari Raya with Chef Bob!

Catch the video at the National Museum of Singapore's Facebook page here!

Join celebrity chef Sharizal Salleh, better known as Chef Bob, as he shares his unique rendang recipe, and recounts his memories of celebrating Hari Raya growing up and how his family rings in the festive day. Participate in the quiz at the end of the video and the first 40 correct answers will receive his delicious rendang* sent right to your doorstep!

[BENTO FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation! Winners will be notified via email soon.]

Photo courtesy of Chef Bob, for illustration purposes only.

EDT
A Dance with my Father An Era Dance Theatre Showcase
 
Watch a dance performance unique to Hari Raya and hear about Era Dance Theatre’s founder Osman Abdul Hamid’s beginnings as a dancer that started in 1979, how he started Era in 1992, and how his son Dinie is still carrying on the dance legacy.

Photo taken from Era Dance Theatre website.
Storyteller 2020

A Storyteller's Deepavali – Storytelling by MoonShadow Stories by Kamini Ramachandran
Video will be available on 7 November below or on the NMS YouTube Channel

Come listen to acclaimed storyteller Kamini Ramachandran as she tells her very own story of celebrating Deepavali with family and friends. Why are items like fresh flowers and practices like lighting oil lamps important to the festival? Who is Hanuman and how is the Ramayana story related to Deepavali?

Get ready to find out more and be mesmerised by this personal and local tale about the Festival of Lights!

 

 

Iftar

A Lighter Side of History: Understanding Ramadan

In this interactive session, join our speakers as they unravel the significance of Ramadan, why Muslims fast and the memories associated with this holy month.

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A Lighter Side of History: Understanding Ramadan, Part 2

A continuation of the "Understanding Ramadan” video released for International Museum Day on 19 May 2020, this video will focus on Hari Raya and how it is celebrated in Singapore. Watch the video to find out more about the different elements that make up this festive day, and how people are celebrating Hari Raya this year despite the unique circumstances caused by COVID-19.

 

Bak Zhang

A Tradition in Making Zongzi (Dumplings) With Chef Shih

Join Chef Shih from Palate Sensations as she demonstrates the making and art of wrapping bak zhang (dumplings), which are usually eaten during Duan Wu Jie. The first 20 viewers who provide all correct answers to the quiz at the end will win a set of 3 zhangs* (Hokkien, Nyonya, and Kee with gula melaka dip) delivered fresh to their homes.

[DUMPLINGS FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation! Winners will be notified via email soon.]

*Items contain no pork or lard. Limited to 1 set per address. Details of delivery will be provided closer to the date. Terms and conditions apply.

Photo taken from Palate Sensations website for illustration purposes only.

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A Love for Kueh: Preserving Teochew Delights with Yoon’s Traditional Teochew Kueh
Sat, 27 Jun

Yoon’s Traditional Teochew Kueh was started by a mother-daughter duo who endeavour to preserve Teochew delights. In this talk, learn how tiam tor (traditional sweet kueh) is made, starting with an introduction on kueh heritage to making the filling, cooking the skin, “kupping” techniques and steaming. The first 40 viewers to submit all correct answers to a quiz at the end will receive a doorstep delivery of a special goodie bag* containing 5 pieces of tiam tor, 1 traditional kueh mould and a recipe sheet!

[KUEH FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation! Winners will be notified via email soon.]

*Items contain no pork or lard and will be made fresh on delivery day. Limited to 1 goodie bag per address. Kueh is best consumed within 2 hours of delivery. Details of delivery will be provided closer to the date. Terms and conditions apply.

Photo courtesy of Yoon’s Kueh.

 

Geylang Briyani

Growing Up with Briyani: Geylang Briyani Stall through three generations

Established in 1964, Geylang Briyani Stall has been serving authentic chicken and mutton briyani at the iconic Geylang Serai market. Started by Mr Hamid, this stall spans over three generations and is now run by his grandson, 31-year-old Hannan, who has chosen to continue the family business over a career in mechatronics. Hear their stories as they share their experiences of running and maintaining this business legacy and just what makes their briyani so well loved by locals. Participate in a quiz and the first 40 viewers with all correct answers will get to taste this delicacy* right at home!

[BRIYANI FULLY REDEEMED. Thank you for your participation!]

*Food will be made fresh on delivery day, limited to 1 pack per address. Best consumed within 2 hours of delivery. Details of delivery will be provided closer to the date. Terms and conditions apply.

Photo taken from Geylang Briyani website, for illustration purposes only.

 

Family Time

Visit our permanent galleries with your little ones and play spot-the-artefact! Our colourful Early Learning Resources introduce pre-schoolers to our artefacts according to the themes of Numbers, Colours, and ABCs. Available at $8 per set from the Museum Label shop. For more children's activity booklets, click here.

Museum guide

Download our museum guide (English, Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Tamil) to find out about the many treasures in our various galleries. In this guide, you will also find the floor plan for easier navigation. Enjoy your visit!